When I Read Pablo Neruda

Image

I dive into the page

and begin

to skim

through words

like uncooked rice, brown

granules roll around my thighs,

massaging me,

sticking between my toes.

Neruda’s grain

waxes and wanes,

pushing against

my trunk,

kernels swirling

along my shoulders,

the

tick

tick

tick

of particulates

fall

over my arms,

my chest.

And as I reach for the end,

I shake off the pieces,

finding them deep

between my thumb and nail,

specks hang on my scalp,

with the smallest pieces

left in my eyes,

but I always find more.

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